Child Advocacy

Celebrate International Children’s Book Day, April 2

International Children's Book Day is April 2, 2013Since 1967, on or around Hans Christian Andersen’s birthday, 2 April, International Children’s Book Day (ICBD) is celebrated to inspire a love of reading and to call attention to children’s books. USBBY (United States Board on Books for Young People) has been awarded the sponsorship of the 2013 International Children’s Book Day. Artist Ashley Bryan and poet Pat Mora have created an inspirational poster themed Bookjoy! Around the World. The poster and an informative brochure can be downloaded from the website. A high quality full-sized poster is available for sale from the USBBY Website.

These materials may be used in many ways to promote books and reading. Many IBBY sections promote ICBD through the media and organize activities in schools and public libraries. Often ICBD is linked to celebrations around children´s books and other special events that may include encounters with authors and illustrators, writing competitions, or announcements of book awards.

A new interactive blog has been developed with articles and resources for celebrating ICBD. Submit your own ideas for celebrating Bookjoy Around the World on the blog.

Begin the month of April with an International Children’s Book Day Celebration and end it with an activity for El dí­a de los niños/El dí­a de los libros for an entire month connecting children to a world of learning through books, stories and libraries.


Our guest blogger today is Doris Gebel. Doris is the 2012 USBBY President.

If you’d like to write a guest post for the ALSC Blog, please contact Mary Voors, ALSC Blog manager, at

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